Saturday, September 23, 2006

Busy weekend...........

We have been pretty busy this weekend. Our social worker called twice this week to tell us that she is "in the area" and wants to drop in for a post placement visit (this is to check the house to make sure it is safe and to see how we are all adjusting). I spend the very few free hours that I have making the house spic and span, arranging for everyone to be here (that means Derek and Lulu too...) and each time, about 30 minutes after she was supposed to be here.....she calls to cancel.

WHHHHHHAAAAAAA?????????

Finally she "had some time" today and we just got it done this morning. Sheesh. Two more to go. We are blessing the baby tomorrow in church and are having a small dinner at our house afterwards (50 people...but for me that is small). In honor of Nori's Caribbean heritage we are having all Caribbean food. Not all of it is Bahamian, but it is all from the general area. It all has lime juice in it........ I juiced 40 limes this weekend. Want to come over? Come on. You know you want to. Here is the menu to tempt you...............

--Island Pork (pork loin w/ a spicy rub and basted in a caramelized orange and honey sauce...sweet and spicy)
--Jerk Chicken w/ mango salsa
--Grilled Lemon Thyme Chicken w/ Peanut Satay or Curry Dipping Sauce
--Caribbean Black Beans (Black beans w/ bacon, onion, pepper, carrots and garlic...yummm)
--Black Eye Pea Salad (white beans, peppers, pumpkin, red onion, celery, and lime vinaigrette)
--Roast Bake (a coconut bread made w/ unsweetened coconut..so it isn't too sweet..but coconuty and delicious)
--Rice w/ Green Onion and Cilantro
--Honey and Cinnamon Roasted Sweet Potatoes
--Macaroni and Cheese Pie
--Lime Punch (make a simple syrup and steep 6 cups of banana's in the syrup. Then add water and fresh lime juice............Delicious)

Dessert:
--Blueberry cobbler
--Brownies
--Vanilla cupcakes w/ dried pineapple flowers
--Pumpkin pie

Now don't you want to come over?

16 comments:

Tracy M said...

Ok, I wanted to come over ANYWAY, but now- wow! Here's to everything going off without a hitch- and congrats on the blessing tomorrow! Wish I was in the area...

Mandy said...

My husband will be right over. LOL He loves that kind of food. Are these your recipes? You had told me that you had some you were going to e-mail me so just wondering if these are yours.

Have fun at the blessing!!

Julie said...

Oooh! I want to come! I'll be there in about 12 hours. Wait. Too late. ACK! (anyway you can get some dry ice and overnight leftovers? THANKS!)

p.s. HAVE FUN

Emily said...

I am stunned that you are makng all that. Everything requires massive preparation! It sounds awesome and I hope it is a wonderful occasion!

Bek said...

Well..I must confess...none of the desserts are Caribbean.... And the pumpkin pie didn't set up.

Yes, I am making all of it...but I am just crazy like that. I LOVE to cook. It is a great relaxer for me (just don't ask me to garden...THAT gets my blood pressure going........). Much of it can be made ahead of time and all the chopping is done in advance. Easy peasy. In fact, all I have left to do today is a few little things and clean up the house (again).

mandy...I am sorry I never sent recipies....thanks for the reminder. I am not a DUMB person but I am a bit of spacy person. I will type up the recipies and put them on the recipe blog that I have..then you can always have them. I got most of these from the May 2006 Bon Appetite (Caribbean edition) and a few really good Caribbean cookbooks).

Emily...have a baby!!

Julie...love the updates, how was the sealing....

Tracy...brink the monkeys over and we can play......

Betina said...

Wow. Just reading that menu makes me TIRED for all the work it would require! It also makes me hungry. YUM!

Tell us about the blessing, and pictures too!

Wait a minute -- is the adoption finalized? I thought you could not bless the baby until it was finalized. If so, how did you get it finalized so quickly?

Bek said...

Our bishop looked at the handbook and decided that it was ok. For some reason, in Utah the bishops don't let you bless until it is final. Basically, our bishop felt that since it is a blessing and not an ordinance then it was fine. We blessed Jacob before we finalized too. I think it is open to whatever the bishop wants and ours decided that this was ok.

We finalize in February. AND...I am tired but the food was YUMMY!

sarah said...

I SO wished you lived near us so we could just 'drop by' and EAT!!!

Julie said...

I need recipes!!! So glad everything was good, although it's not surprising. Hope the family was, too. ;)

Fizzle said...

want.to.eat.your.food.

damn. why must you live so far?

Bek said...

Everyone is welcome to come and visit and I will cook any and all food you want. I LOVE to cook. Love, love, love it. We live close to fun sight seeing stuff....San Francisco..Monterey...

I need to see all the Ethiopia babies......sigh..

Come on by. Anytime. We even have a guest room so you don't have to share w/ Cubby. :-)

LuckyRedHen said...

ARE YOU COOKING ALL OF THAT?!? WITH A NEWBORN, CUBBY & ELDEST DAUGHTER AT BAY? You crazy.

AzĂșcar said...

I'm with you Beks, how can you be sure it will taste good unless you do it?

I bet it was fun...

Syd said...

Alright, I'm coming!! Not sure when, but someday!! Sounds yummy and tasty. Can't wait to hear the recap. That's cool that you got to bless them both before it was finalized. Cool bishop. We had to wait with both of ours. Yeah, I served in Moscow from 93-94. Yeah, we are twins or something. Didn't I hear you say you were tall too? I am 6 feet tall. So random, and cool!! :) Where did you live in Russia, I am assuming Moscow- lol!!

Bek said...

Syd...I am 5'10...not quite 6 feet but one of my sisters is just a hair under.

I was in Moscow (Krolatskoya tube stop...in the north west part of the city the very last stopp on the light blue line. We went to the branch at Filovskoye Park...don't know how to spell these not in Cyrillic). I was there in 93 from the spring to December. We left the day of the election..by order of the embassy!!! They split the Moscow mission while I was there and opened the city of Ekaterenburg while I was there. Did you have President Chapman? We need to talk. I only remember that I knew an Elder Quigley (tall, red hair) and an Elder Benson (short w/ blonde hair). There was also a sister Harrop, I think? Her name is Darrah. I was with the second group of English teachers that came over to work in the Dietsky Sod's..... again...not sure how to spell it in English. WOW!!!!! Were you in Moscow?

Bek said...

Oh...and yes I made the food and I didn't mind. LIke I said before, I love to cook. It is relaxing to me and I am allowed to close off the kitchen and leave the kids to their own devices.......